At Eagan Immigration, we know how difficult it is to navigate the United States’ complex immigration laws.
Eagan Immigration looks forward to working with you to achieve your immigration goals.
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Awards & Recognitions
Founder & Managing Attorney
Lauren Eagan (formerly Lauren Paulus) is the Founder and Managing Attorney at Eagan Immigration. Mrs. Eagan has extensive immigration law experience. Prior to founding Eagan Immigration in 2014, she represented individuals, families, and businesses as an immigration attorney at Jacobs and Schlesinger, LLP in San Diego, California. At Jacobs and Schlesinger, LLP, Mrs. Eagan gained considerable experience representing clients in removal proceedings and representing victims of crime and violence.
Before working at Jacobs and Schlesinger, LLP, Mrs. Eagan was an immigration attorney at Froman Law Firm in San Diego, California, where she handled a number of complex citizenship cases, as well as employment-based immigration cases. Mrs. Eagan also worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney General’s Office and for the Consulate of Mexico.
Mrs. Eagan’s practice encompasses all areas of immigration law, with a special focus on representing the vulnerable populations, including asylum-seekers, refugees, victims of violent crimes, and survivors of domestic violence. Mrs. Eagan has represented asylum seekers from around the world, including Central America, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East. She has litigated cutting-edge asylum claims based on gender-motivated violence, LGBT status, and gang violence, among many others. Mrs. Eagan has extensive experience in Violence Against Women Act cases and U visas, and she feels fortunate to have been of service to many individuals and families who have thrived after facing terrifying and violent situations.
Mrs. Eagan is an experienced litigator who frequently represents clients in Immigration Court for any and all types of relief available to them. She has helped many clients obtain grants of asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, 212(c) relief, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, and termination of removal proceedings. She maintains excellent relationships with her counterparts in government and is exceptionally skillful at negotiating positive solutions for clients with ICE prosecutors.
Like most immigration lawyers, Mrs. Eagan also practices family-based immigration. However, she particularly enjoys complex and innovative cases, including cases requiring waivers, criminal analysis, and other challenging factors. She also advises clients in business immigration matters, including J-1 visas, H-1B visas, and PERM labor certifications.
Mrs. Eagan is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of California and is licensed to practice law before the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia, the Supreme Court of California, the Department of Homeland Security, and Immigration Courts nationwide. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and its Washington D.C. and San Diego chapters. She is fully bilingual in Spanish, and she frequently gives presentations and workshops in the community and for professional organizations on various topics in immigration and nationality law in both English and Spanish.
Juris Doctor, 2011
University of San Diego School of Law
San Diego, California
Bachelor of Arts in Economics, 2007
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, 2007
University of Washington
Honors & Awards
Washingtonian Top Lawyer in Washington, DC, December 2018
Washingtonian Top Lawyer in Washington, DC, December 2017
Super Lawyers 2017 Washington DC Rising Stars
2014 – 2015 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, High Honors
2014 – 2015 AILA Pro Bono Champion
Kaitlyn O’Shaughnessy is an associate attorney at Eagan Immigration where she handles humanitarian and family-based immigration cases. She earned her law degree at McGill University. She is a member of the New York Bar and is licensed to practice before immigration courts nationwide and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Ms. O’Shaughnessy has worked for Amnesty International USA and private law firms and government in Canada and the United States. In previous roles, she worked on self-government negotiations between government and indigenous groups and focused on the creation of culturally relevant child-welfare policies for indigenous governments. Prior to joining Eagan Immigration, Ms. O’Shaughnessy researched gender based violence and lobbied Congress for legislation protecting migrant women from violence for Amnesty International USA. She then worked for a local immigration law firm where she had a robust humanitarian and family-based immigration practice.
Ms O’Shaughnessy has significant experience representing individuals in humanitarian immigration claims, including asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the convention against torture. She has represented political activists, those fleeing forced marriage and other forms of gender-based violence, those fleeing gang violence, and members of the LGBTQ community from all over the world. She is particularly skilled at representing children and teenagers. Her practice also includes family based immigration claims, bond for detained individuals, and immigration assistance for those with criminal records.
Ms. O’Shaughnessy serves as a pro bono attorney for the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition and is a member of the Amnesty International USA women’s human rights coordination group. She speaks English, French, and basic Spanish. She enjoys international travel and has visited over 30 countries.
Bachelor of Laws (LLB), 2015
Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), 2015
McGill University Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 2012
Bachelor of Arts in Geography, 2012
Juan Misle Dona
Juan Misle Dona serves as Eagan Immigration’s Legal Assistant since early 2016. Born in Switzerland from a family of Venezuelan immigrants at the time serving as diplomats, Mr. Misle Dona moved with his family back to Venezuela when he was 5 years old. In late 2003, he moved to Boca Raton, Florida in the United States to open up a new chapter in life.
He briefly studied Sociology at Florida Atlantic University, only to ultimately pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies with a concentration in Latin America and the Caribbean at the University of Florida, graduating in late 2014. Upon graduation, Mr. Misle Dona served as a teacher of a wide range of subjects, ranging from SAT Prep, Sociology, American Government, Spanish, among other subjects. During this time, he also engaged in local grassroots political activism pursuing progressive goals as a campaign organizer, his most important contribution being having helped garner nearly 58% of the popular vote in support for Florida’s Amendment 2 Ballot Initiative for the 2014 Midterm Elections.
In January 2015, he moved to Washington, DC to intern and work in various advocacy organizations focused on labor and human rights in Latin America. His main area of focus has been the impeding peace negotiations currently being negotiated in Havana, Cuba between the government of Colombia and Farc insurgents. He is very passionate about advocating for a peaceful transition in Colombia to end the world’s longest ongoing civil war and the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas. Since June 2015, he has worked as Director of Latin American Affairs for Latino Giant, an organization advocating for the rights of Latino immigrants in the U.S. At Latino Giant, Mr. Misle Dona conducts research on social movements and political dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean, writes weekly columns, and sets up events, workshops, and interviews with national and international figures.
Mr. Misle Dona is also an accomplished musician: his former band won the 2009 Battle of the Bands contest in Delray Beach, Florida. On his free time he enjoys playing soccer, writing music, and taking online courses at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He is keen on pursuing a Master’s Degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution in the near future.
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, 2014
University of Florida
Leslie Aparicio is the Legal Assistant at Eagan Immigration where she has the pleasure of meeting the clients at first glance to begin their Immigration journey. As the legal assistant, Ms. Aparicio takes initiative in remaining communicative with clients to ensure their needs are being met. Ms. Aparicio has been serving at the firm since mid April 2017.
Born in Fairfax, Virginia from a family of Salvadoran immigrants, Ms. Aparicio moved quite frequently from city to city in the northern Virginia region finally settling in Woodbridge, Virginia to gain more experience in the law field.
Ms. Aparicio landed her first position at a law firm in the end of 2015 at the law firm of Rodriguez & Sanabria PLLC. As the Receptionist, she gained sufficient exposure in the law field contributing to day to day tasks such as answering phone calls, scheduling appointments, and billing.
As time progressed, she became more interested in the Immigration field giving her an opportunity to learn more about cases such as Asylum, SIJS and Adjustment of status, Naturalization, and U-Visa. At the law firm she also had the advantage of acquiring client intake as well as case determination along with the help of the attorney.
Ms. Aparicio is currently enrolled at the Northern Virginia Community college where she plans to graduate with a Liberal Arts degree and transfer to George Mason Univeristy. During her free time, Leslie enjoys volunteering at her local church, visiting new places, and spending time with family.
Client Care Specialist
Marcela Velasquez is the Client Care Specialist at Eagan Immigration. She is responsible for scheduling appointments, speaking to clients, managing billing, and other office duties.
Marcela was born and raised in Virginia and is the daughter of immigrants; Her father is from El Salvador and her mother is from Colombia. Marcela’s parents raised her with an example of hard work after starting their own construction company from scratch in the United States. Marcela has worked and studied throughout Virginia, including in Northern Virginia and Richmond. She has experience in various industries, including the restaurant industry, security, and the administrative field. She hopes to return to school to complete a degree in Liberal Arts while still working with Eagan Immigration.
Marcela enjoys working with the immigrant community and is excited to use her heritage as the daughter of immigrants to help other families like hers. Marcela enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dog, Gus, and trying out new restaurants.